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Monica Lewis sounds her 'Siren'
Monica Lewis sounds her 'Siren'

During her heyday in the 1940s and '50s, dimple-cheeked Monica Lewis was known as "America's Singing Sweetheart": She warbled such chart-topping hits as "Autumn Leaves, "I Wish You Love" and "Put the Blame on Mame" and starred on the radio on such programs as "Beat the Band" and "The Chesterfield Hour: Music That Satisfies." She was the singing voice for the animated Chiquita Banana commercials and did other ads for Piels Light Beer, Camel cigarettes and General Electric. Lewis was also "Miss Leg-O-Genic" for Burlington Mills hosiery. Now 89, the diminutive Lewis has written (with Dean Lamanna) her autobiography,...